Critics Consensus

Chocolate is a bizarre martial arts flick, with a slushy plot, an unusual protagonist, and breathtaking stunts.



Total Count: 34


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A kickboxing hero with a difference arises in this action saga from Thailand. Japanese mobster Masashi (Hiroshi Abe) and his Thai partner and girlfriend, Zin (Ammara Siripong), narrowly escape death at the hands of underworld boss Number 8 (Pongpat Wachirabunjong) and his bodyguard Priscilla (Sirimongkol Iamthuam), but the scuffle has unexpected consequences -- Masashi's superiors order him to return to Japan, and Zin finds she's pregnant with his child. Zin raises their daughter, Zen (Yanin Vismitananda), on her own and discovers she's autistic; one of the few things that helps bring Zen out of her inner world is chocolate, and in time the girl develops a remarkable skill in the martial arts. When Zin is diagnosed with cancer, the family cannot afford the chemotherapy that could save her life until her friend Moom (Taphon Phopwandee) comes up with a plan -- plenty of people still owe Zin money from her days as an outlaw, and with Zen as a candy-fueled enforcer, he might be able to get them to pay up and raise the funds for Zin's medical bills. Chokgohlaet (aka Chocolate) was directed by Prachya Pinkaew, who previously made several pictures starring Thai martial arts master Tony Jaa. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

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  • It's called Chocolate, but Cheese would have been just as good. Soaked with tears, full of schmaltz, and yet strewn with bodies, Prachya Pinkaew's new kick-'em-up is extreme action, extreme melodrama, and extremely hard to resist.

    Mar 12, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • It boils down to this: Thai girl fighting. Is that enough of a movie for you?

    Feb 6, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Chocolate is risibly sentimental even for a genre not known for its emotional sophistication.

    Feb 6, 2009 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The world may not have needed a Thai-language martial-arts hybrid of Kill Bill and Rain Man, but by God, it's got one now.

    Feb 3, 2009 | Full Review…
  • The heart of the film may be its action sequences but, even outside the battle arena, 'Chocolate' is a nicely characterised and consistently likeable piece of work.

    Oct 24, 2008 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…
  • Another symphony of exquisitely choreographed carnage.

    Oct 24, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
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Audience Reviews for Chocolate

  • Feb 27, 2014
    Directors C Super Reviewer
  • Feb 11, 2012
    Pretty good movie with a god-awful plot full of melodrama and hokey moments. Then again, martial arts movies are hardly judged on their plots, but it's still pretty bad by this standard. Thankfully the movie's complete and utter strangeness, and strong action, help carry all of the movie. The action isn't exactly mind-blowing, like the first time I saw Ong Bak or some of the scenes in the first Ip Man, but it is entertaining and there's a certain kind of quirkiness to the movie that just adds to the charm. That's it really...the action really saves this movie.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Nov 12, 2010
    Thai film about autistic girl, Zen who learns martial arts from the telly and uses them against the gangster baddies ruining her mum, Zin's life (Note : chocolate is barely mentioned in the entire film, just in case you were wondering). The stunts, in particular the neon-sign jumping finale, are amazing, as is the lead Yanin Vismistananda, nimble as a dragonfly and flexible as a rubber band. The credits show some of the bumps and brusies earned by the cast along the way to dissuade you from being tempted to try this at home afterwards kids. <img src="">
    Lesley N Super Reviewer
  • Oct 12, 2010
    An autistic young girl with a natural aptitude for martial arts uses her skills to recoup money owed to her cancer stricken mother, unaware that they were all members of the criminal underworld. The Karate Kid meets Rain Man in a film from the producers of Ong Bak, famous for the remarkable physical performance of its star that relied on pure skill rather than SFX and wire work. The fight scenes of Chocolate are similarly bone crunching and the brutal reality of the violence on show is underlined by the out-takes reel; it's painful to even watch! The major difference between the two films is the fact that the protagonist is a sweet natured girl which does away with all the usual posturing, macho bullshit that usually accompanies this kind of thing; it's a lot more fun watching a young girl matter of factly flattening bad guys than the usual testosterone soaked meat head. It also lacks the rather distasteful xenophobia of Ong Bak making it a film that's a lot easier to like. The story is daft as hell of course, but let's face it, no-one watches martial arts films for the sophisticated plot. The fight scenes are frenetic and fun, the characters likeable enough for you want to root for them and it's executed with style and enough of a leash on the more saccharine soaked elements to the story to avoid nausea. Plus I'd pay good money to see Ammara Siripong pummel Steven Seagal's smug, fat face in.
    xGary X Super Reviewer

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